California College of the Arts welcomes applicants who already have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
The pursuit of a second undergraduate degree affords many students the opportunity to pursue an education focused in the arts while using previous college work to receive transfer credit for CCA's humanities and sciences requirements, except art history, which is considered on a course-by-course basis.
BArch applicants with a previous bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university will receive the aforementioned transfer credit, except art history courses, math for architecture, and physics for architecture. These are considered on a course-by-course basis.
Application Requirements: Second-Degree Applicant
For more detailed application instruction, see Application Requirements.
- Application ($60 application fee required)
- Personal essay
- Two letters of recommendation
- Portfolio (see below)
Second-Degree Portfolio Requirements
If you're a second-degree student, submit a portfolio consisting of 20 images. For advanced studio placement, a portion of the images must reflect studio course assignments, personal projects, or work experience in your area of concentration.
Transfer credit is assessed based on successful completion of transferable studio work, as well as portfolio quality. Waivers for the Core entry requirements (2D, 3D, 4D, Drawing) are given based on successful completion of studio work and overall portfolio quality.
Students with 12 or more studio units that meet the aforementioned grade and portfolio requirements also may receive waivers for the Core entry requirements. Portfolios should include images reflecting competency in drawing, 2D and 3D organizational principles, and work that covers digital technologies or film.
Second-degree applicants with limited studio experience but outstanding academic performance or professional experience are encouraged to apply. Second-degree applicants with limited studio experience should review Portfolio Preparation for additional assistance.
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